Zach Scruggs asks for Biggers’ direct decision on legal issues

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Zach Scruggs’ lawyers Friday asked a federal judge to decide some issues slated for hearing on whether to throw out his 2008 conviction and sentence.

Last fall, 36-year-old Scruggs of Oxford asked for his sentence and conviction to be vacated, saying he is innocent of charges he pleaded guilty to under fear of more severe punishment if he went to trial.

U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers set a May 23 hearing “on all the issues,” his order stated.

Friday’s motion for summary judgment asks the court to decide whether it’s possible to deprive the public of an official’s “honest services” without a bribe. Also at issue is whether any federal funds found their way into the circuit court over which Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun presided.